There was a question about marker use. But the site strongly assumes digital media, intentional or not. So tagging it illustration is misleading a bit, as far as search is concerned.

While markers tag is self eviden. Do we need a super category for traditional media instead oor something of that effect? What do you think? Edit What should such a categorys name be?

I can make the marker category, just wondering out loud.

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To quote John Maeda:

Skill in the digital age is confused with mastery of digital tools, masking the importance of understanding materials and mastering the elements of form.

When you say media, I am assuming you mean tools such as pencils, paper etc, and not telly, radio :) That could be confusing.

I would love to see more "old-school" methods and tools-related questions. Mainly because they are not tied to one object (software, Photoshop etc). The act of creating visuals are - in my opinion - today too focused on the second level tools and too little on an understanding of the elements of graphic design.

So therefore, I would like to see tags reflecting this, and I would like to see suggestions to this.

"marker" as a category seems a little too specific, as long as we do not have categories that are "higher" up.

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    what should the name of such a category be? And yes media like medium like physical tools paper etc. Material.
    – joojaa
    Aug 18, 2014 at 6:02
  • Good question! "marker" seems too specific, unless there are higher levels of relevant tags... maybe we could try "pen & paper", "hand-made". We have "sketching", and that might be at least a start.
    – benteh
    Aug 18, 2014 at 6:10
  • ..and to add: I am "old-school" and believe drawing is an essential part of being a graphic designer.
    – benteh
    Aug 18, 2014 at 6:11
  • Excellent answer. I am also thinking about tags... I like "pen & paper", we would have to do a big re-tag for older questions and keep a really close eye on new ones.
    – Yisela
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:47
  • Thanks - yes, we would have to retag, but I will be happy to contribute to that, if we could find some kind of hierarchy for these tools and objects.
    – benteh
    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:59

I'd say 'traditional media' is too broad of a term. If we're trying to differentiate from digital, we could go with an 'analog' tag. Also broad, but perhaps a better differentiator with digital (after all, 'traditional media' such as newspapers was still mostly digital for the past 3 decades or so).

If we're talking tools, specifically, perhaps 'analog tools' would work. This would encompass all sorts of things...markers, pens, inks, paints, charcoal, printmaking, etc, etc.

  • "Media" as in telly, radio is another discussion, methinks (and perhaps worth discussing - particularly in regard as to desktop publishing and magazines). I think "analog tools" are not really intuitive and easy for (new) users to understand. I think we could come up with a better "hierarchy" for pen, paper, canvas etc.
    – benteh
    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:58
  • Perhaps. The catch is that there are digital pens, canvas, etc as well.
    – DA01
    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:07
  • ... :D yes, I know.. that is the crux, really. Finding terms that does not have some sort of use in the digital world. Not an easy question to answer.
    – benteh
    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:09

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